The Helicopters That Made the U.S. Army’s ISIS Raid Possible

The helicopters that took part in this weekend’s raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid were from an elite U.S. Army helicopter unit created to transport American commandos on high risk missions. The MH-60 and MH-47 helicopters were from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the “Night Stalkers.”

Since their inception in the early 1980s, the Night Stalkers have participated in a number of high profile missions, including the attempted capture of Somali warlord Mohammad Farah Aidid chronicled in “Black Hawk Down” and the killing of Osama bin Laden.